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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tasting

A/Z Theme - Sights and Sites of Arizona

T - Tasting

Arizona has several wineries; its main place to grow grapes is in the southern part of the state close to Tucson, but there are tasting rooms located all over Arizona, especially in tourist cities like Sedona, Cottonwood, and Jerome.  

Hubby and me enjoy tasting and drinking wine so if we are in a location where there is a tasting room, we will go in and sample the wine, and usually end up buying a bottle or two to take home with us.

I thought I would mention how the tasting works in case anyone is not familiar with it.

Like the sign says below, the first step is selecting a flight.  Not sure where the word came from in this regard, but a flight of wine can be anywhere from 4-6 different types of wine.  They will break them up with red, white, or offer a combination of red and white wine.  

At the tasting room, whoever is serving or helping you will pour less than an ounce of wine into your glass and tell you a little about the wine you are tasting; what grapes it came from, etc.  You work your way up the wines in the flight and then of course their objective is for you to buy some to take home with you.

Hubby and me will usually get a flight each; usually I'll do the white wines and he the red wines.  We then sample each others and then rate the wines on taste, etc.  



Most tasting rooms will include the glass you sampled the wine in.  We have a few from the different wineries/tasting rooms we have been at.  They are smaller than the regular size glass, but we usually use them when we have wine with dinner.



What is your favorite thing made out of grapes? 

51 comments:

joeh said...

Pino Grigio for white and Merlot for red.

TARYTERRE said...

Thank you for explaining the FLIGHTS. Heard about them but never had them. My favorite thing made from grapes is Champagne. Could drink it everyday.

Liz A. said...

I'm partial to grape jelly. Or grape juice. I never developed a taste for wine (or anything with alcohol).

Pat Hatt said...

Look at you go, in on all things wine. I never knew it was called a Flight. Maybe made up on an airplane? haha

Big Mark 243 said...

...favorite thing made of grapes..? Jelly..!

Sounds like you and the hubby have a good time when you are wine tasting... and that makes me happy..! Be well.!!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I had a chance to do a tasting at a vineyard on one of the islands in Lake Erie one summer. They served some bread and cheese in-between the different wines to clear the palate. It was amazing to taste the differences in wines. Some sweet, some fruity. All were good. I like grapes anyway you want to serve them...I even like those grapes sundried...raisens.

jack69 said...

Fruit salad and especially grape juice. Only a few wines I like and they tend to be the SWEET ones. That is why I buy the non sweet, because I have a tendency to like them too well. ;-( ;-)
I do drink red wine most nights, imma gonnalive forever! (SMILE)

jack69 said...

oh yes!!!!GRAPE JELLY, mama's best! I have never been to a wine tasting!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love wine, white or reds, though I don't like ones that are really sweet. Sparkling is good too. I've never done a tasting though there are many in the area.

Susan Says

Joanne said...

I lean toward the whites. Have you been to Napa? That is wine tasting heaven. But nice to know AZ has its fun too

Lynn Proctor said...

I love grape juice and grape jam!

Lynn Proctor said...

I love grape juice and grape jam!

Paula Kaye said...

I am not very versed in wines. I know a good wine when I taste one. I love a glass of wine. (Currently not allowed on the Whole 30). Those little wine glasses are adorable. I would love to go to a wine tasting!!

cleemckenzie said...

Love those tastings. They usually wind up with us buying a lovely bottle of our favorite and sitting on a mountain, planning nothing and just enjoying.

Anoosha said...

This is an interesting post . Thank You for sharing the tasting process with us . And I like eating grapes as Fruit itself :)

Elizabeth said...

I don't drink alcoholic beverages, but that sounds like a fun way to taste test them. I wonder if anyone does that with coffee :) I enjoy eating grapes by themselves or in a jello fruit salad.

Leslie Moon said...

I used to spend alot of time in Napa Valley back when the tasting was free. we tended to steer clear of the wineries that charged. It is a great way to decide what wine is your favorite rather than buying a bottle that you throw out.
Im blogging from Fill the cracks and Moondustwriter's Blog. Happy A to Zing!

Mevely317 said...

I love wine, but have never experienced a tasting quite like what you describe. A "flight" sounds fanciful, indeed!
Mine and Tom's tastes differ greatly -- He goes for the fizzy and/or sweet ... while I'm most content with a dry Cabernet.

It's so cool what we learn from one another in Blogland!

Joy said...

Wine tasting is definitely not one of the first things I think of in relation to AZ.

Joy @ The Joyous Living

Maria Zannini said...

I'm afraid the only way I like my grapes is au naturale. I never developed a taste for wine. I leave that to hubby.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Sounds like fun. I've never done this. I'm not a fan of red wine but I do have some white occasionally with dinner when we go out. Nice and chilled!

Wendy said...

Virginia has lots of wineries. We've been called the Napa Valley of the East Coast. We enjoy going to tastings too. Most we've been to include both red and white in the tasting although we've been to some larger wineries that have a large selection that might limit how many samples you get.

shortybear said...

nice post

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

Ole Boy likes to go to wineries and taste...me not so much, though I do go with him. He'll find a sweet one and just be sure I'll like it, but I never have. He normally buys a dessert wine or a flavored one such as muscadine or peach.

Bijoux said...

We go wine tasting every chance we get. I actually love champagne the most though!

Juliet said...

Betty, I love all of your posts on Arizona. Thanks for coming to my site too. Great blog you have!

Beth Hollmann said...

I really like Moscato. That's about it for wine, for me. It's got to be sweet. I like some dessert wines. There is a winery in Michigan called St. Julian's, and they had a couple of wines I enjoyed. One of them was peach.

I had no idea there were wineries in AZ! In my mind, it's one big desert. Thanks for sharing! :-D

Happy a-to-z-ing!

lyndagrace said...

I'd have to go with jelly. I wish that I could drink wine. It looks so relaxing when I see others drinking a glass of wine. I've tried a couple of times, but apparently I am allergic to it. It doesn't matter if it's red or white. I immediately get congested when I drink even a couple of sips.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Grapes = wine as far as I'm concerned. :)

Megan Whitson Lee said...

That is tragic! :(

Ruth said...

Iowa has a lot of vineyards. I am not a wine drinker. I like grape jam and grape juice.

Thea O'Brian said...

I find grape juice will kill the taste of nasty medicines. Ha!
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peppylady (Dora) said...

I came over from Liz. Just not long ago our local area open there first wine tasting place.
But the town just a little south, Sandpoint the last I heard they had a club of wine makers. One of there best wine was onion and garlic.
If you fine the time stop on in for a cup of coffee.

Sunni said...

I love wine - red or white and have a glass with dinner sometimes. We had tasting rooms when I lived in CA, but of course there's no alcohol like that available here. Everything's controlled by the state, but NV is just thirty minutes away.

Other than wine, I take grapes everyday for lunch on the days I work. Quick and easy and no refrigerator needed.

Sunni

Daisy said...

um I love grapes in their organic form! ha ha

Linda G said...

My favourite is definitely red wine, and merlot and zinfandel are my favourite grape. There is, however, a time and place for all kinds of wines.
Added to say, I love your take on this challenge - just found it and I will definitely read everything, as I have a few friends who reside in Arizona and would love to learn more about this place! Very cool!

Linda Ann Nickerson said...

Never been there, but you make it sound grand. I absolutely love the cover photo on your site.

Thanks for visiting Nickers and Ink Poetry and Humor - and happy A-Z. Here comes the final week!

Linda Ann

DMS said...

What a great post! I haven't done a wine tasting in ages. There are some places I haven't tried here in CT, and this is a good reminder that I should try them this summer! :)
~Jess

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Wine is definitely my favorite thing made out of grapes! We have visited a few tastings over the years but would love to do that in Arizona. Love the wine glasses!!!

Liuba said...

Me and my partner love wine and hope that one day will taste this wine too. Lovely post! Liuba x

Donna McDine said...

I'm unable to drink wine due to migraines and do miss not being able to go on a wine tour.

Sarah Allan said...

After doing my own research on New Mexico, it doesn't surprise me that Arizona has wineries. I'd love to do a tasting sometime!

Denise said...

I enjoy wine and have visited many wineries in the states and Canada. My uncle made his own wine and I remember sorting through the grapes from the market.

My Cozy Book Nook said...

I like the idea of you ordering a white flight and your husband the red. We typically order the same and share. Next time we attend a wine tasting (which I hope is sooner rather than later), we'll try it your way :)

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Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I love wine, but I've only been wine tasting a couple of times, once in Canada and once in Scotland. The Scottish one was the most fun because it was all wines like Elderflower and Rhubbard - they were really lovely. One of my favs is Silver Birch.
Tasha
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Deniz Bevan said...

Love your A to Z theme!

Oh, don't think I've ever tasted wine from Arizona. I must admit, anything I know about the state comes from author Diana Gabaldon!

Intense Guy said...

Lots of wine tasting in PA and even more out on the east end of Long Island.

The wines I've had are largely so-so. ;)

T. A. Miles said...

My favorite grape product is raisins. My partner comes from a wine region, but neither of us have partaken of a tasting.

Jerralea said...

I enjoy grapes ;)

How funny that wine comes in flights!

Veronica Lee said...

I love grape juice! I don't drink alcoholic beverages though. Thank You for sharing the tasting process with us, Betty.

Bhawna Saini said...

My favorite thing made out of grape is jam!
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